Three Bean Chili Recipe

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For those looking for more plant-based recipes, this is one for you! This Three Bean Chili is one of our newest, family favorites. It’s packed with so many good ingredients and delicious flavors, you’ll think you’re eating at a restaurant. And, one of the best things? It takes only 30 minutes to make!

Three bean chiliPlant-based & Protein

We aren’t vegan or vegetarian, or even plant-based. However, I realize a lot of friends are headed in that direction. As we dive into this new season of life, I’ve been looking at old recipes and working on recreating them in ways that would serve people who are looking to eat more meals packed with plants and plant proteins.

In this Three Bean Chili I’m using Bush’s Mixed Chili Beans that include Kidney Beans and Pinto Beans and Bush’s Black Beans. However, I’d also recommend substituting Bush’s Black Chili Beans instead of regular for added flavor. The chili sauce in Bush’s Chili Beans makes for the perfect base for any chili creation! Each can of Bush’s Beans has 7 grams of protein, and if you’re counting calories, they have 120 calories and 110 calories respectively. Plus, they’re loaded with fiber. Aside from the nutrition benefits in the Bush’s Beans, they also taste amazing. They provide full and robust flavor for the Three Bean Chili. I promise, you won’t miss the meat.

Three bean chili

Three bean chili

Loaded with flavor

Aside from the Bush’s Beans, the Three Bean Chili is loaded with flavor. I use jalapeños and red onions as a base to start off. I know that sounds spicy but it’s not. I don’t use the seeds in the jalapeños to keep the spice down. However, if you like spice, keep some of the seeds.

Then I use two spices that pair so well together, but they might be a surprise: chili powder and cocoa powder. These two together are almost magical. They really round out the flavor in the whole dish to create a comforting meal everyone will love.

Three bean chiliWorking with leftovers

If you have extra Three Bean Chili when you’re done, you can keep it in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. You can reheat it on the stove or in the microwave. Microwave each bowl for about four minutes.

You can also freeze this chili for four months. Just make sure it’s in an airtight. You can use bags or containers. I would let it thaw in the refrigerator for a day before reheating.

Three bean chiliTopping options

I, personally, do not use toppings on the Three Bean Chili. I’ve found that anything I use kind of takes away from the incredible flavors of the chili. I like to eat it as is with a spoon. However, I get some people have a thing with toppings (like my husband).

So, if you want to add anything, maybe add in a little sour cream, a few green onions and/or cilantro. This is also delicious if you want to eat it with chips.

Get the full printable recipe below and make sure to check out our Turkey Chili recipe {HERE} too!

Three bean chili

Three bean chili

Three Bean Chili

This three bean chili is a plant-based meal that will be one of your favorites.
5 from 23 votes
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Course: dinner
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Rachel Quenzer


  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 3 tsp. of garlic, pureed
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped and seeds removed if you don't want the spice
  • 3 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 2 cans Bush’s Mixed Chili Beans (15.5 oz.)
  • 2 cans Bush’s Black Beans in a MildChili Sauce (15.5)
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Add the olive oil to a large pot or Dutch oven and heat
  • Add in the onions and jalapeños and cook for three minutes stirring regularly
  • Add in the garlic puree, the chili powder and cocoa powder and cook for two more minutes, coating the vegetables and stirring continuously.
  • Add in the Bush’s Beans, tomatoes, and vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.
  • Serve immediately



  1. We have friends that loves chili recipes. They collect them like artwork. LOL. I will take this one with me the next time I see them. That way they can make it while I’m there. Smart, right?

  2. We love all variations of chili in my house. I agree about the chili beans as opposed the the regular beans. I normally just use regular beans. But, the Bush’s brand chili spice is really good. So, I will typically grab them if I can for chili.

  3. 5 stars
    The beans got me craving so much. I love that it’s spicy and tomatoey, something that I always loved about soups.

  4. 5 stars
    Now I know what I will make for dinner tonight. Sounds easy and it’s a dish that everyone in my family will love.

  5. Looking very delicious. Me and my husband loves spicy foods. I hope we got that type of product here in our country.

  6. I love chili for cold days, and I have never had a 3 bean one, but it does look delicious and need to make it soon

  7. This looks SO good. Unfortunately, my husband REFUSES to eat beans. Last time I made this, he refused to eat it. 🙁 And it was too much leftovers for just me. lol

  8. 5 stars
    Spicy food is life! This Three Bean Chili looks absolutely perfectly delish. I am so excited to make this.


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